In 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many films pushed their theatrical release date to 2021. One of these films is "Godzilla vs. Kong," which is the 36th film in the Godzilla franchise and 12th in the King Kong franchise. This film is the fourth Godzilla film to be produced by a Hollywood studio, following 2019's "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" and 2017's "Kong: Skull Island." The film was directed by Adam Wingard, best known for his work in the horror genre through films such as "You're Next," "The Guest" and "Death Note."
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Godzilla made his debut in 1954 through his titular Japanese film and became a worldwide cultural icon. Godzilla is a prehistoric sea monster that was awakened by nuclear radiation. The film debuted less than 10 years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and became a metaphor for the dangers of nuclear weapons.
In the 67 years since his inception, Godzilla has been featured in 32 Japanese films, 4 Hollywood films, countless comic books, video games, television shows and novels. He was given the title "King of the Monsters" in 1956 through the Americanized film "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!" and the title has stuck since.
King Kong made his debut in 1933 in his titular Hollywood film. He's a monster who resembles a giant gorilla that possesses semi-human intelligence and great physical strength. He's been described as The Eighth Wonder of the World, a phrase commonly used in his films. His size has been changed throughout his time in film, with his creator Merian C. Cooper describing him as "40 to 50 feet tall," but other films scaling his size between 18 to 60 feet tall depending on the models used and camera angles.
King Kong has appeared in 12 films thus far and he's already fought off Godzilla once before. The two movie monsters first duked it out in 1962 through the Japanese film "King Kong vs. Godzilla," which was the first time these two characters appeared in color and on a widescreen. The film remains the most attended Godzilla film in Japan to date.